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‘Pride – The Book’ with Lesbians & Gays Support The Miners 
Wednesday 23rd August,7pm
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‘Revenge of the Spoken - Gordon Lish in a Little Island Hotel’ with David Winters, David Hayden, and Will Eaves 
Thursday 24th August,7pm
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‘Is Monogamy Dead?’  with Rosie Wilby
Wednesday 30th August, 7pm
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‘Shy Radicals: The Antisystemic Politics Of The Militant Introvert’
with Hamja Ahsan and Dolly Sen
Wednesday 13th September,7pm
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‘A New Man:Lesbian. Protest. Mania. Trans Man.’
with Charlie Kiss
Friday 15th September,7pm
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‘How to Resist: Turn Protest to Power’ 
with Matthew Bolton

Wednesday 27th September,7pm
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IN-STORE EVENTS at HOUSMANS

We regularly have a variety of events in the shop, and are always welcome for suggestions from authors, artists and campaigners who want to use the shop for evening events. Past events include talks, book signings, film screenings, art exhibitions and musical performances.

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‘Pride – The Book’
with Lesbians & Gays Support The Miners

Wednesday 23rd August,7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

Mike Jackson, Jonathan Blake and Gethin Roberts - members of the original LGSM crew - launch ‘Pride’, the book of the hit film, which tells the true story of how in 1984 a group of gay men and lesbian women came to befriend and support a very traditional mining community in the remote valleys of South Wales.

In 1984, a small group of metropolitan homosexual men and lesbian women stepped away from the vibrant culture and hedonism of London's defiant gay scene to befriend and support the beleaguered villages of a very traditional mining community in the remote valleys of South Wales.

They did so in the midst of the 1984 miners' strike - the most bitter and divisive dispute for more than half a century, and in one of the most turbulent periods in modern British history.

In the 1980s Margaret Thatcher's hardcore social and fiscal policies devastated Britain's traditional industries, and at the same time, AIDS began to claim lives across the nation. At the very height of this perfect storm, as the government and police battled 'the enemy within' in communities across the land and newspapers whipped up fear of the gay 'perverts' who were supposedly responsible for inflicting this lethal new pestilence upon the entire population, two groups who ostensibly had nothing in common - miners and homosexuals - unexpectedly made a stand together and forged a lasting friendship.

It was an alliance which helped keep an entire valley clothed and fed during the darkest months of the strike. And it led directly to a long-overdue acceptance by trades unions and the Labour Party that homosexual equality was a cause to be championed.

Pride tells the inspiring true story of how two very different communities - each struggling to overcome its own bitter internal arguments and long-established fault lines, as well as facing the power of a hostile government and press found common cause against overwhelming odds. And how this one simple but unlikely act of friendship would, in time, help change life in Britain - forever.

'Revenge of the Spoken - Gordon Lish in a Little Island Hotel’
with David Winters, David Hayden, and Will Eaves
Thursday 24th August,7pm
Ticketed event - Entry £3/£5
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To celebrate the publication of Gordon Lish's new fiction White Plains: Pieces & Witherlings (Little Island Press, 2017), Little Island Press and Hotel co-host an evening of readings on and around the works of Gordon Lish, with writers reading from their own works and from this new collection.
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Synopsis

To celebrate the publication of Gordon Lish's new fiction White Plains: Pieces & Witherlings (Little Island Press, 2017), Little Island Press and Hotel co-host an evening of readings on and around the works of Gordon Lish, with writers reading from their own works and from this new collection. Chaired by David Winters, the program will include readings from David Hayden and Will Eaves and will conclude with a pre-recorded reading from Lish himself, broadcast exclusively on this occasion.

As fiction editor of Esquire from 1969 to 1977, then as an editor at Knopf and of The Quarterly until 1995, Gordon Lish has worked closely with many of the most daring writers of the past fifty years, including Ken Kesey, Neal Cassady, Harold Brodkey, Raymond Carver, Don DeLillo, Barry Hannah, Joy Williams, Anne Carson, Amy Hempel, Jack Gilbert and Ben Marcus. More than a dozen books have appeared under Lish's own name – including the novels Dear Mr. Capote (1983), Peru (1986), and Zimzum (1993). These have won Lish a passionate cult following as a writer of recursive and often very funny prose.

Lish's latest work of exquisitely crafted fiction, White Plains sees a narrator – variously 'Gordon!', 'I', 'He' – approaching the precipice of old age. Against the backdrop of White Plains hospital, Lish skewers together memories of long-past infidelities and betrayals, on-going friendships, the death of his wife and the relative comfort of household chairs, to forge a series of interlinked hypnotic and consistently hilarious narratives. White Plains is Lish at his sharpest, tackling his perennial subject – the memory of memory itself – with spellbinding mastery.

In addition to a celebration of the UK publication of Gordon Lish's work through the years, this evening will also see in the publication of Hotel's third issue; a collation of writings, conversations, and artworks pertaining to a varied cast of characters including Lish, Nick Cave, Mark Kozelek, Jason Shulman, Frederic Tuten, Jack Robinson, Hanya Yanagihara, Jasmine Parker, Rowan Evans and Owen Booth, amongst others.

Copies of White Plains: Pieces & Witherlings will be available on the night and copies of Hotel #2 & #3 will also be for sale. Hotel #3 includes a sequence of works from White Plains and a hitherto unreleased story, 'Bamford or Bust!,' that appears exclusively in Hotel for the first time.

*May-Lan Tan will be unable to attend, contrary to earlier advertising.

‘Is Monogamy Dead?’
with Rosie Wilby
Wednesday 30th August, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

Award-winning comedian Rosie Wilby presents her hilarious and thought-provoking mix of memoir, heartache and science that puts 21st century relationships under the microscope.

Comedian Rosie Wilby found herself in a quandary - when people asked, 'who's the love of your life?' there was no simple answer. Is Monogamy Dead? details her very personal quest to find out why Western society is clinging to a concept that is not only laden with assumptions but isn’t always fit for purpose in the 21st century.  

Part memoir, part sociological study, the book was inspired by a trilogy of solo comedy shows investigating love and relationships written and toured by Rosie over a seven-year period.

Highlighting the huge disparities in people’s definition of what a ‘relationship’ is, Rosie also draws on her own experience and interviews with dozens of people, gay and straight, male and female, to discover that, even if we think of ourselves as 'monogamous', that word can mean a myriad of different things. 

Some of the burning questions Rosie’s book poses include –
• Can one person ever meet all your relationships needs or is monogamy a damaging myth?
• What really counts as “cheating” on a partner?  With nearly 50% of people in a monogamous partnership admitting to having affairs, have we been wrong all along about infidelity? 
• How have break-ups changed in the 21st century, and is a relationship “gap year” ever ok?
• What actually constitutes sex? Is it really what we think is it? 

About the Author

Rosie Wilby is an award-winning comedian who has appeared on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour and Loose Ends. A Funny Women finalist in 2006, Rosie has performed at Glastonbury, Edinburgh Fringe, Secret Garden Party and Latitude, as well as being published in The Sunday Times, Guardian, Independent and more. She's currently the cohost of Radio Diva. Is Monogamy Dead? is her first book and follows Rosie’s TEDx talk and comedy show of the same name, and her solo shows The Science of Sex and The Conscious Uncoupling.    . 

Praise for the author

 ‘My favourite way to learn is when a funny, clever, honest person is teaching me – that's why I love Rosie Wilby!’ Sara Pascoe ‘One of London's doyennes of thoughtful, intimate, and warmly entertaining comedy.’ Metro  ‘A winning self-deprecating personality.’ Evening Standard ‘Hilarious… Jo Brand-meets-Eddie Izzard.’ DIVA magazine Bruce Dessau, Evening Standard About the Book: Prepare to enter a world of metamours, platonic partners, cuddle-buddies and more… 

 

BOOK EVENT
‘Shy Radicals: The Antisystemic Politics Of The Militant Introvert’
with Hamja Ahsan and Dolly Sen
Wednesday 13th September,7pm

“The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear” – Lao Tzu

Drawing together communiqués, covert interviews, oral and underground history of introvert struggles (Introfada), here for the first time is a detailed documentation of the political demands of shy people.

Radicalised against the imperial domination of globalised PR projectionism, extrovert poise and loudness, the Shy Radicals and their guerrilla wing the Shy Underground are a vanguard movement intent on trans-rupting consensus extrovert-supremacist politics and assertiveness culture of the twenty first century. The movement aims to establish an independent homeland – Aspergistan, a utopian state for introverted people, run according to Shyria Law and underpinned by Pan-Shyist ideology, protecting the rights of the oppressed quiet and shy people.

Shy Radicals are the Black Panther Party of the introvert class, and this anti-systemic manifesto is a quiet and thoughtful polemic, a satire that uses anti-colonial theory to build a critique of dominant culture and the rising tide of Islamophobia.

Hamja will be joined by Dolly Sen who will be exploring anti-psychiatry aspects of Shy Radicalism as well as talking about DSM 69, her parody of the Diagnostic Manual

About the speakers

Hamja Ahsan is an activist, writer, curator and artist. He is a campaigner for prisoners, human rights and civil liberties under the War on Terror, and was shortlisted for the Liberty Human Rights awards for the Free Talha Ahsan campaign. He has presented art projects at Tate Modern, Gwangju Biennale, Shaanakht festival Pakistan and Shlipa Academy, Bangladesh. He co-founded DIY Cultures Festival in 2013.

Dolly Sen is an award-winning writer, artist, performer and filmmaker.  She has had 10 books published, been nominated twice for a Dadafest Literary Award (2006 & 2007), and won several awards for her poetry. Her subversive blogs around art, disability and humour have a huge international following.  Since 2004 she has exhibited and performed internationally. Her most recent projects have been a digitally commissioned work for Short Circuit and the Brighton Digital Festival, where she gave an ordinary website a psychotic episode and changed its programming forever, and the creation of the popular Madvent Calender for Christmas 2014.  To find out more go to http://dollysen.com/

BOOK LAUNCH
‘A New Man:Lesbian. Protest. Mania. Trans Man.’
with Charlie Kiss
Friday 15th September,7pm

Imagine you are a proud lesbian and a feminist. You have the odd doubt about your sexuality but you understand how the male-dominated world works and are angry about it. You even go to prison to protest at the ultimate in male violence: nuclear weapons. Then one day, a shock realisation occurs that not only are you not a lesbian, but you are in fact, a man. Your world is turned upside down. This is Charlie’s story.

‘A New Man’ is a story of broken families, isolation and a total collapse of identity. It’s also inspirational: after suffering destructive episodes of mania, homelessness and loss of friends and dignity, Charlie manages to continue life without medication and get by.

Throughout all these challenges lies the conflict of self-identity within, as Charlie knows deep down that he is male. He represses this, believing that he should fight against stereotypes of what it is to be a woman. The repressed feelings keep resurfacing and Charlie finally takes steps to be a man. He becomes heterosexual and remains a feminist. Living as a man, the world treats him differently and he has to adjust quickly. Charlie, however, is now stable, far happier and feels right in his new body.

POLITICAL POETRY
‘Tan Raptures’ with Alan Morrison and further readings from Niall McDevitt and Chris McCabe
Thursday 21st September,7pm

Taking its title from the brown envelopes that strike fear into benefit-claimants and the biblical ‘Rapture’, Alan Morrison’s eighth collection imagines these letters as passports to a twisted Tory notion of salvation through benefit sanction.

Tan Raptures is a series of verse-missives from the frontline of the war against the poor and its spirit-stripping weapons of food banks, poor doors and homeless spikes.

It’s a people’s history, from Dale Farm and the firebombing of the Freedom Bookshop to Troika-shackled Athens, featuring the Bryant & May Matchgirls, the International Brigades, the Runnymede Diggers, Los Indignados, Gerrard Winstanley, Joe Hill, Wal Hannington, Conrad Noël and Christopher Caudwell.

The title poem is a Catholic Socialist polemic in opposition to self-proclaimed ‘Roman Catholic’ Iain Duncan Smith’s despotic six year grip at the DWP.

Alan Morrison’s poetry collections include A Tapestry of Absent Sitters, Keir Hardie Street, Captive Dragons, Blaze a Vanishing and Shadows Waltz Haltingly. He edited two anti-austerity anthologies, Emergency Verse and The Robin Hood Book and is the founding editor of The Recusant and of Militant Thistles.

Alan is joined by Niall McDevitt and Chris McCabe who will be reading from their respective works.

 Niall McDevitt > poet > author of b/w (Waterloo Press, 2010) and Porterloo (International Times, 2012) > urban explorer > radical pedestrian who leads Shakespeare/Blake/Rimbaud /Yeats walks, among others.

Chris McCabe’s collections include The Hutton Inquiry (2005), Zeppelins (2008) THE RESTRUCTURE (2012, all with Salt Publishing) and Speculatrix (Penned in the Margins, 2014). He has recorded a CD with the Poetry Archive and had work in a number of anthologies, including The Best of British Poetry 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015. His plays Shad Thames, Broken Wharf and Mudflats have been performed in London and Liverpool.

BOOK EVENT
‘How to Resist: Turn Protest to Power’
with Matthew Bolton

Wednesday 27th September,7pm

It's easy to feel dispirited by the world around us. We need change but as one person alone, it can all seem far too daunting. What can one person alone achieve? Where to begin?

How to Resist reminds us that all great social change movements in history have been organised by ordinary people coming together, being brave and changing the course of history. Whoever and wherever we are, if we want to effect change, the first step is to look at ourselves. We need to think about what we care about, what motivates us and how we want to be remembered. We need to do more than react against others: we need to look forwards.

With illuminating stories and clear procedures, change seems genuinely achievable. Matthew Bolton, who created and led the successful campaign in Britain that led to millions of people in the UK being given the Living Wage, calmly and clearly shows us how together, we can effect positive change in the world around us.

Reviews

“There's a huge appetite right now for radical change and How to Resist can equip a generation of politically engaged young people with the practical tools to organise and campaign” –  Paul Mason

“An amazingly inspiring book coming at just the right moment. A leading light in an invaluable organisation, Matthew Bolton really knows how to make stuff happen - and he wants you to know too. You might have heard that things don't have to be this way - here's the official guidebook to changing them” –  Marina Hyde

About the speaker

Matthew Bolton, Deputy Director of Citizens UK and Lead Organiser for London Citizens, has built a nationwide alliance of thousands of community campaigners who have driven two of the most effective, strategic and widest-reaching campaigns in the UK of the past two decades.

The Refugee Welcome and Safe Passage campaign has secured entry for over 1,100 vulnerable Syrian children, including hundreds from the 'jungle' camps of Calais.

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